Witnessing History: The Pardon of Homer Plessy: Recommended Resources

In conjunction with our panel, Witnessing History: The Pardon of Homer Plessy (presented in partnership with the Office of the Governor of Louisiana), the Gilder Lehrman Institute has compiled this list of resources on the Plessy v. Ferguson case, the history of discrimination, and the fight for civil rights in the United States. You can watch a recording of this program (originally held on March 16, 2022) below:

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Primary Source Documents

Historians’ Essays

Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources



Scholars’ Lectures

Book Breaks (a Gilder Lehrman Institute program)